I want to believe the WNBA would work in Tulsa. I want to buy into the notion that fans would come because they love women’s basketball. Or because they feel the tug of civic pride. Or because they are drawn to the only big-league sport in town. Really, I want all of that to be true. I’m just not sure it is. Over the weekend, we learned that a group of investors is working to lure a WNBA team to Tulsa. They will talk more about their plans and goals during a press conference Wednesday, but this much we know already — Bill Cameron and David Box are involved. That bodes well for the WNBA in Tulsa. The Oklahoma City businessmen, after all, have impressive resumes. Cameron is behind the success of American Fidelity Assurance. Box is a thriving concert producer and real estate developer. Chances are good, neither is looking to throw away his money on a bad investment. That they believe the WNBA could work in Tulsa is a significant endorsement. Still, there are reasons for skepticism. No doubt the popularity of women’s basketball has grown in our fair state during the past decade. The NCAA regionals in Oklahoma City the past couple years were the most highly attended in the country. The Big 12 tournaments that have come to town two of the past three years have been big hits, too. But is all of that because Oklahomans have become fans of women’s basketball or fans of Sherri Coale? The Sooner coach and her gals are the reason for the surge of support for women’s basketball here. While folks have come to appreciate the game more, they are more fans of Coale and Co. than they are fans of women’s basketball. What could that mean for the WNBA? Look at Connecticut. Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies are wildly popular there, playing to sold-out crowds much like the Sooners have in recent years. When the WNBA moved a team from Florida to Connecticut six years ago, it was hoping to capitalize on that fanaticism for women’s basketball. Heading into this past weekend’s games, the Connecticut Sun ranked 12th in WNBA attendance. The league only has 13 teams. If a WNBA team is struggling in Connecticut, a hotbed for women’s basketball, why wouldn’t it struggle in Oklahoma? The difference might be civic pride. Oklahomans, after all, are a loyal breed. They’ll buy tickets and attend games and become fans because they believe it will make their city and their state a better place to live. That’s what happened in Oklahoma City when the Hornets found refuge here. This wasn’t an NBA city. This wasn’t even a big-league city. But folks saw a chance to prove that Oklahoma City could be both. Maybe Tulsa would see a similar opportunity with a WNBA team. Granted, fans would likely come from across the state, but the bulk of the butts in the seats would be from the Tulsa metro area. This would be their chance to show their civic pride and prove their big-league status. Several years ago, the Tulsa men’s basketball team was a rallying point in the 918 area code. Capacity crowds were commonplace at the Reynolds Center. Still, that arena only seats 8,355. Could Tulsa average that for a WNBA team? Could it average more? You’d like to think so. A WNBA team would be the only major-league team in town, and lots of times, that draws big-time crowds. We’ve seen it over the years in the NBA with the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers. It’s even happened in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers. But that one-team, big-draw scenario doesn’t always hold in the WNBA. Right now, there are only two teams in the league averaging more than 10,000 — Washington and Los Angeles. Those are two big markets with multiple major-league teams, not to mention a bunch of other attractions and distractions. Then again, a mega market does not a WNBA attendance leader make. Chicago is the team with the league’s worst attendance with about 3,500 fans a game. I want to believe a WNBA team would do better than that in Tulsa. I want to think that a team would regularly pack the BOK Center, maybe even have a sellout every now and again. That WNBA excitement would sweep Tulsa like the NBA did in Oklahoma City. That Tulsa would prove the skeptics wrong like OKC did. I’m just not sure it will. The WNBA in Tulsa could work magnificently. Or it could flop dramatically. The potential is there for both to happen. What actually occurs depends on how Tulsa reacts to this big-league opportunity. The ball is in their court.